Marijuana tinctures are herbal preparations that are made by extracting plant compounds, using ethanol alcohol. Most tinctures are prepared with a commercial-grade, consumable liquor, ranging from 80-180 proof, or 40-90% ethanol content, with the final preparation being between 25-90% alcohol.
Tinctures are typically administered by placing a few drops – to a dropper or 2 full – of the final infused product under the tongue but they can also be added to a cup of tea or other beverage. Since the alcohol draws the other extracted constituents into the bloodstream fairly rapidly, it usually only takes a few minutes to feel some effect. Some patients claim almost-instant effects, while others claim up-to 15 minutes until cannabis tinctures begin to “kick-in”. Dosage is adjusted, simply by waiting 15-20 minutes before judging effect, then adding a few more drops if needed. If dosage is too strong, simply wait for it to wear off and take a little less next time.